in Milan, the meetings of young people and those of leaders-

in Milan, the meetings of young people and those of leaders-
in Milan, the meetings of young people and those of leaders-

They will pass from the squares to the discussion tables, and their message will go far beyond the writing made on a sign displayed during a demonstration: this time the young people will be able to have their say and must be taken seriously.

Pre-Cop 2021, the preparatory event for the 26 UN climate summit in Glasgow, will be held in Milan. The appointment for the great of the earth on 30 September, with meetings that will continue until 2 October.


Everything will be anticipated by a three-day event entirely dedicated to children and their ideas, the “Youth4climate: Driving Ambition”, Which from 28 September until the morning of 30, will mark the beginning of the official conference, calling for about 400 representatives from 195 countries, aged between 18 and 29. For them, the program includes hours of brainstorming and plenary meetings with the aim of putting the result of the negotiation on paper and presenting a complete document to the premier and activists who will discuss before the Scottish event.


Two years after the Cop25 in Madrid and five years after the Paris climate agreements, the Cop of Glagow will be held from 1 to 12 November and it will play a decisive role in showing the change of pace needed by the environment, especially in terms of containing CO2 emissions. The Milan Pre-Cop will provide a select group of countries with an informal context to discuss and exchange views on the political aspects that will be addressed during the negotiations in Scotland. 51 states will participate in the preparatory conference, representatives of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention Against Climate Change (UNCCC), the presidents of the UN subsidiary bodies and a number of stakeholders who play a key role in the fight in the transition to sustainable development. The partnership created between Italy and Great Britain made all this possible.

The protagonists

Opening the works will be the Minister of Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani, the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, thepresident of Cop26, Alok Sharma e the UNFCCC executive secretary Patricia Espinosa. But the interventions of the President of the Republic Sergio Marttarella, of the premier Mario Draghi, of the British prime minister Boris Johnson he was born inforeign Minister Luigi Di Maio. There will also be a dialogue with the boys Greta Thunberg e Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Youth.

Who will represent Italy at the Y4C

The 400 under 30 representatives, one male and one female from each member country, will land on the 28th and will live inside a “bubble” at the MiCo – Milan convention center in the fair area, to ensure compliance with anti-Covid regulations. They will represent Italy Federica Gasbarro, who in 2019 was the only Italian selected together with Greta and 99 other young people to participate in the first gathering of young leaders at the UN Headquarters in New York, and Daniele Guadagnolo, co-founder and member of several sustainability organizations. For them it will not be the first time that they will find themselves confronted with these issues.

The preparation

During the months preceding the Milan conference, even in the midst of a pandemic and through a screen, the students had time to get to know each other virtually and prepare themselves on the topics that will be discussed during the discussion sessions. On the Youth4Climate Youtube channel it is possible to review the “Live series”: nine directed on themes such as sustainable recovery, green jobs and energy transition carried out by the young leaders of the future from all over the world and with the contributions of the representatives of the institutions who will accompany them along the way. Italy at the forefront of the fight against climate change. But that’s not enough. We need a global effort and it is precisely with this objective that we are organizing the Y4C: so that the moment in which the young people pass from the protest to the proposal. The climate crisis involves the strengthening of intergenerational dialogue. And Milan will be the moment in which we will try to make it concrete, says Cingolani.


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